Moonlight Raider by Amanda Scott (Border Nights #1)

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Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Forever

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

A MAN OF HIS WORD

Border lord Walter Scott of Rankilburn, grief-stricken after burying his father, goes to the forest seeking solace. Instead he finds a half-naked young lady fleeing pursuit. Wat offers his protection, but honor demands that he return the golden-eyed beauty to her rightful husband-even though the last thing he wants is to see her in another man’s arms.

A RUNAWAY BRIDE

Molly Cockburn has fled her home, family, and the brutal scoundrel she was forced to wed. Her pursuers are closing in when the powerful new Lord of Rankilburn bravely intervenes, then promises to help prove her marriage unlawful. Though fiercely loyal to her family, Molly fears they might harm the man she is coming to love, and now she must decide whether to remain faithful to her blood . . . or to her heart.

The start of this new series has me excited, Ms. Scott has never failed to provide me with hours of entertainment as I am transported back to the historical vistas of the Scottish highlands. Moonlight Raider is an enjoyable beginning and I look forward to more.

Molly Cockburn is on the run, she left her home in fear for her safety without any protection. She quickly finds a hiding spot before she is overcome with exhaustion, unfortunately her brothers and husband are not far behind and she is hoping for the kindness of a stranger who has come along at just the right time to help.

Walter (Wat) is the new Lord or Rankilburn, a Border area that is usually rife with violence. He has come to the forest near his home to mourn his father’s sudden death when he finds a woman hiding in the bushes. When raiders come looking for who they call a handmaiden who has run away, he is curious and does not reveal her whereabouts. When the men leave, he finds an unlikely woman who is scared and needs shelter, but unlike any handmaiden he has ever met.

When he returns to his home his grandmother takes control of Molly, promising her the needed help she wants. The promise become complicated when Molly’s story comes out, a runaway bride is not taken lightly even when she claims force and it will take the truth as well as help from the clergy to right this wrong, in the meantime Wat and Molly find they can’t deny the growing attraction.

As usual, Ms. Scott has delivered a wonderful romance filled with the rich history and mystic of ancient Scotland. I have enjoyed several of her books as they are always entertaining.

Molly is an amazing heroine, she is smart with a bit of naivety but she knows what she wants and goes after it, even in these times when woman do not have many rights. She realizes she has a say in who she marries and when she is forced by her father and brothers, at first she runs, but now wants her say in front of others to protest this shame.

Wat is perfect, a decent person even in the days of wars, raids and violence. He wants to protect Molly but also wants to do the right thing. When he goes to find answers it is with a heavy heart because he does not want her to go back to her family, yet he does not want to admit his feelings for her. Wat just inherited a title and all the responsibilities that he did not expect for years and does not want to add a wife just yet.

The relationship between Wat and Molly is complex, they have many obstacles to overcome, the biggest is that she is married, although by force and at first they do not look at each other as anything more than neighbors. She is just trying to find a way out of her marriage and he has been asked by the King to help with the Border raids. As they spend more time together, their growing attraction becomes apparent, but they both fight it until the pull is too strong.

Secondary characters play pivotal roles, there is Lady Meg, Wat’s grandmother and the godmother of Molly who runs the household and is instrumental in Molly’s life after she is found, also enjoyable are Wat’s sisters and his men at arms. Molly’s brothers were a conundrum, I was ready to hate Will for treating her poorly but was pleasantly surprised by him in the end. I am not sure who is featured in the next book but I am excited to read another in this series.

The pace of the story works well, the author loves to create a historical background based on actual people and actions during the time the story takes place, it can be overwhelming but if you love that time period, as I do, it makes for fascinating reading. I also enjoy reading her notes at the end of the book to bring the setting to life, the author will talk about her inspiration and the real people she may have based her characters on and it brings everything into focus.

I give Moonlight Raider by Amanda Scott 4 stars!

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